Crowmarsh Gifford lies on the Eastern side of the river Thames across the ancient nineteen arch stone bridge from Wallingford. This is a pretty location with recorded history rooted in the days of King Alfred.
The name Crowmarsh is a literal reference while Gifford refers to Walter Giffard who was given the land by Willian The Conqueror for services as Standard Bearer when serving in Normandy. Due to it’s proximity, much of the village’s history is linked to that of nearby Wallingford. The wide street in the centre of the village, in bygone days, held Oxfordshire’s biggest annual fair until the 19th century. The Queen’s Head public house is the oldest secular building in the village originating around the 14th century and the Bell has been established since the mid-18th century.
Today local services include a post office and general stores with neighbouring Wallingford offering a wider selection of amenities and services. Recreational facilities include the Castle Leisure Centre. Nearby Hadden Hill, Huntercombe and The Springs offer the golfer championships courses. Crowmarsh has a modern primary school. Wallingford has a number of quality state and private schools.
Crowmarsh is also well placed for motorway links from both the M40 (Junction 7) and M4 (Junction 11). Railway links to London and the West Country are available from both Didcot and Reading.